Cecil B. Demented [WS] [DVD] [2000]

  • SKU: 4092127
  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Rating: R
John Waters Hollywood satire Cecil B. Demented comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track by the director. As is often the case, Waters' stories are as entertaining as the film, itself. A making-of special that originally aired on Comedy Central, trailers, production notes, and information on the cast and crew round out this strong release from Artisan.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 1)

Special Features

  • 16:9 widescreen version
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
  • Cast & crew information
  • Comedy Central's "Canned Ham: Cecil B. Demented Behind the Scenes Special"
  • Commentary by John Waters
  • Digitally mastered
  • Interactive menus
  • Production notes
  • Scene access
  • Theatrical trailers


Cecil B. Demented
Iconoclastic satirist John Waters bites the hand that (periodically) feeds him in this humorous look at the underside of the film industry. Self-styled guerrilla filmmaker Cecil (Stephen Dorff) leads a Baltimore movie-making collective/street gang called the Sprocket Holes, which includes Cecil's girlfriend and frequent leading lady, a low-rent porn actress named Cherish Oh Lordy (Alicia Witt). Desperate for attention, they kidnap famous Hollywood actress Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith) during a Baltimore publicity stop and force her at gunpoint to star in their latest production, Raving Beauty. Before long, Honey comes down with a severe case of Stockholm syndrome and joins the Sprocket Holes in their bid to destroy the mainstream film industry. Waters regulars Ricki Lake, Patty Hearst, and Mink Stole highlight the supporting cast, and techno star Moby contributes to the soundtrack. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Melanie Griffith
    Melanie Griffith - Honey Whitlock
  • Stephen Dorff
    Stephen Dorff - Cecil B. Demented
  • Alicia Witt
    Alicia Witt - Cherish Oh Lordy
  • Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
    Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. - Lewis
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Maggie Gyllenhaal - Raven

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Strange, low-brow, and aimless.


    Released in 2000, if you liked 'Serial Mom' or 'Cry Baby' from John Waters this movie could be up your ally. If you have standards on what you watch, skip this by all means. Stephen Dorf plays title character as a literalist movie director/terrorist who kidnaps shmultzy celebrity Melanie Griffin in a guerrila campaign on bad movies in a movie. Predating the dreck of reality shows and terrorist forshadows, the movie is obnoxious in vulgarity, but its attacks on the movie industry is very spot on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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